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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The axis of a continent does not affect the spread of what?
(a) Crops
(b) Esteem
(c) Animals
(d) Technologies

2. What is a factor that influenced a group to adopt agriculture?
(a) The decline of wild foods
(b) The decrease in the population
(c) The decreased availability of domesticated plants
(d) Agriculture made them more vulnerable to surrounding groups

3. Why were the Europeans not affected by the infectious diseases that they brought to places like the Americas and Australia?
(a) They practiced better sanitation.
(b) They were genetically superior to other groups.
(c) They had a natural resistance to the diseases.
(d) They had already acquired immunity.

4. When did independent food production begin?
(a) 10,000 to 9000 B.C.
(b) 5,000 to 4,000 B.C.
(c) 2,000 to 100 B.C.
(d) 8500 to 8000 B.C.

5. The ability of societies to have non-food producing specialists, like soldiers, was due to what?
(a) The ability to store food
(b) The ability to conquer other groups
(c) A capitalist society
(d) Large populations

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was one of the earliest crops?

2. Some people argue that examining domination leads to what type of focus?

3. What is true about hunting and gathering societies?

4. What infectious disease played a role in the European conquest of the Americas?

5. How does Diamond feel about the traditional theories of human development?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does an early colonization date not ensure a head start, according to Diamond?

2. Why is the axis of a continent important?

3. What is Diamond's objective in studying the societies of Polynesia?

4. What was the biggest difference between the histories of Old World Europe and the New World Americas? Why was this important?

5. What was the greater Polynesian area like in terms of the environments available?

6. Infectious diseases that become epidemics tend to share what characteristics?

7. Why did Eurasia have an advantage in the domestication of animals?

8. What are some of the changes that have occurred in plants because of domestication?

9. Why does Diamond argue that wealth and power are distributed unevenly across the globe?

10. Why did plant domestication and food production did not develop earlier in some of the ecologically better areas?

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